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German soccer federation president who compared official to Nazi quits

The president of the German soccer federation resigned on Monday, nearly a month after he came under fire for likening one of the organization's vice presidents to a Nazi-era judge.

At a meeting on April 23, Fritz Keller compared Rainer Koch to Nazi-era judge Roland Freisler, according to The Associated Press.

The remarks from Keller, who had held his post as president since 2019, sparked a vote of no confidence in his leadership among state and regional officials, the news service noted.

In a statement posted on Monday, Keller said he takes "personal responsibility for my derailment at the presidential board meeting on 23 April 2021, which should remain an absolute low point for the dire DFB leadership situation."

The federation is known by its German initials, DFB.

Keller's decision to step down came before an expected ruling from an ethics panel, the AP noted.

Freisler, according to the news service, was a participant in the Wannsee Conference of 1942 and one of the Nazis behind the organization of the Holocaust. He eventually became president of the People's Court, where he delivered approximately 2,600 death sentences to people who were opposed to the Nazi regime.

Koch and Peter Peters, another federation vice president, will become joint interim presidents during a transition period, according to the AP.

Keller is the fourth recent president of the German soccer federation to exit office amid a scandal, the AP noted.